A cancer diagnosis in itself is a life-changing event. The treatments that you go through after such a diagnosis can have a really profound impact on your body. There is fatigue, weakness, pain, scar tissue, and when you have radiotherapy, there is also a lot of changes to your connective tissue that can really impact your function, your joint mobility, and the way you feel about your body. These are issues that physios can help with but unfortunately few patients are told that physio is actually a really important part of the recovery process. Even fewer know that physio can really help with that overwhelming fatigue that cancer patients experience.

Specific exercise programmes can help combat the fatigue which is a common side effect of the treatments and medications. Exercise can also help improve self-esteem and confidence following a life-changing diagnosis. Exercise is also the key to getting back to the activities you did before your diagnosis – like having the energy to go to work or to keep up with your kids. Our Physio Group Programmes (PGP’s) allow you to participate in group exercise classes while doing a programme that has been specifically designed for you and your needs.

Following thyroid cancer and other neck surgeries people often require assistance with scar management, joint stiffness. Recovering normal muscle activation and optimal range of movement is also important for recovery in order to minimise neck and shoulder issues and to preserve your ability to turn your head left and right.

Following breast cancer surgery you will need assistance to recover chest and arm flexibility as well as rib cage alignment. This is extremely important to help you prevent back pain and nerve pain. Physio can also help minimise the effect of chording and other side effects of breast cancer treatment.

Physiotherapy also helps you recover normal breathing mechanics which can help reduce anxiety, the feeling of being short of breath, and help prevent a range of issues such as neck and shoulder pain. How well you can breathe and how you use your chest and shoulder muscles after a surgery like a mastectomy can greatly impact your ability to return to full fitness as well as long-term pain management and fatigue. We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to see a physio after any kind of surgery.

Following a cancer diagnosis in the abdomen or pelvic cavity there can be significant scar tissue issue, back pain, continence and sexual function issues that need addressing by physios who understand what you’re going through.

Senior Physiotherapists Pip Coomes & Ali Gibson have both had additional training in providing care for people following a cancer diagnosis. Pip is also a certified PINC physio.

Our massage therapists Vivien and Satoko are also trained to help people struggling with lymphoedema which is like swelling which can accumulate after cancer treatment, particularly when lymph nodes have been damaged or removed.

If you would like a copy of information on the services we provide for women following a cancer diagnosis please email [email protected] and we will post it out to you.

During the COVID crisis our priority is keeping you and our team as safe as possible while you’re in the clinic. This means we have made a number of adjustments. Our therapists are switching rooms after each treatment to allow time for the rooms to be thoroughly disinfected after each use. All common surfaces, pens etc are being disinfected after each use. Our treatment rooms at 8sqm and wherever possible we have staggered our treatment times to minimise the number of people crossing over in the waiting room.

Prior to entering the clinic we ask that you wash your hands in the bathrooms near the lift. We also ask that you call as early as possible to reschedule your appointment if you have recently travelled or are feeling unwell in anyway. Upon entering the clinic we will be temperature testing our clients before their session begins. You may be asked to wait for your therapist in a treatment room to maximise social distancing.

While we are normally a very child friendly clinic we ask at this time that you do not bring your children with you to the clinic for classes. We ask that for private sessions you only bring your child with you if they are an infant or they are dependent on you due to special needs, or if they are receiving treatment themselves. We understand that this can complicate things for some patients but we are trying to make the clinic environment as safe as possible for our staff and other community members. We appreciate your understanding and respect as this is a challenging time for everyone.